Listening is just as important as praying. In order to receive confirmation and instruction, we must actually pause to hear what God is saying. How silly would it be if you were to call a friend, ask them a question, and then hang up the phone before they give you an answer? That's what we do when we end our prayers before waiting for God to speak.
Don't worry, I'm not here to share 24 things I've learned in the past year 🙂 However, I am appreciative of God's blessings and this year I wanted to celebrate in a different way.
You are worthy. And your worth does not decrease when other people are not able to see it. Your value does not lessen when you feel insecure, because your value is found in Christ. Your dreams do not become impossible the moment someone shoots them down, unless you decide you will no longer pursue them. Because faith without works is dead and if you're going to believe in God you must also believe you were created in His image and the desires He has given you will come to pass. That has to become your truth.
Will you pursue purpose as long as its comfortable? Or will you follow the plans God has for you, no matter the cost? How far are you willing to go?
Recently a friend asked me, "How often do you go back and read the notes you've written from a message?" Unfortunately, not often enough. Of course, there are messages that really stick with me and spark a change in my life. But I had to ask myself, what is the point of writing notes if I don't turn back to them?
Don’t hide who you truly are - who God created you to be - out of fear of what others will think. Don’t neglect what you know God has called you to do because of the negativity and discouragement you receive from others. Embrace wholeheartedly His plan and purpose for your life.
The same God who knows the beginning from the end, knew that you would make mistakes. He knew you would never be perfect while on this earth, and He chose to love you anyway.
Honestly, we can't bring others to Christ if we are isolating them or speaking negatively of them. Not only does gossiping hurt others, it also taints your image and makes it harder for people to trust or respect you.
So just as a silversmith removes impurities from silver, God is also constantly removing impurities from us as well. The pruning process can be uncomfortable, painful, and hard to understand, but in the end we are beautiful and shining for His glory.
Although we must refrain from laziness and idleness, we must also be intentional about taking time to rest. You cannot pour into others from an empty cup, and you definitely can't thrive if you never stop to refresh.